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Submitted by Newsroom on March 1, 2012 – 11:07 amNo Comment

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SALES TAX

Wyo. 6th-penny bill limited to road construction

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill that would give localities the option of using sixth-penny sales tax money to pay for road work has won preliminary approval in the Wyoming state Senate.

The Senate voted Wednesday to restore the bill to the version that passed the House. They eliminated a provision that would have allowed the tax to be used for other purposes other than road maintenance, reconstruction or renovation.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. James Byrd, a Democrat from Cheyenne. It still faces two more votes in the Senate.

SPEED LIMIT

Wyo. law enforcement concerned about speed-to-pass

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are concerned about a proposal to allow Wyoming drivers to exceed the speed limit when passing vehicles on two-lane highways.

House Bill 21 would let drivers go up to 10 mph over the speed limit if the vehicle they’re passing is going slower than the limit. They could only pass one vehicle at a time.

The head of the Wyoming Peace Officers Association, Sam Powell, told a Senate committee Wednesday that drivers might not know about the finer points of the bill.

The interim director of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Lt. Col. John Butler, said troopers already have discretion in whether to ticket drivers who speed up to pass someone.

The committee passed the bill, sending it on to the full Senate.

BETTER BUSINESS-VIRUS

Better Business Bureau warns of computer virus

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The Better Business Bureau serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming is warning businesses about a computer virus that uses their name.

The emails claim the businesses have been the target of customer complaints and when the message is opened, it infects a computer.

The computer scams began in November and are still circulating.

UW PROFESSOR-KING’S PANEL

UW professor to attend Swedish king’s symposium

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming professor is among 14 international scientists invited by the king of Sweden to take part in the Royal Professors’ Symposium on Global Sustainability.

Professor Jay Shogren is scheduled to attend the symposium on March 22 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

The only economist in the group, Shogren will discuss the interaction of the environment and economics, and what it will mean over the next decade.

Shogren is chair of the UW Department of Economics and Finance. He has published many articles on the cost and benefits on how to control climate change.

He served as a member of the Royal Guest Professors of Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf XVI in 2007-08.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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